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SAI Transparency tutorial by FlyAwayMax SAI Transparency tutorial by FlyAwayMax
101 favorites you guys :O And I made this on a whim at 2 in the morning ^^" Lol I'm so glad it's actually helping people >w<


Anyways, this is how i do it. I pretty much took bits of advice i scraped from across the internet to develop my own method to doing this... it's probably not the only way to get transparent backgrounds, but it's the way I do it, so... it works for me^^'

If you finish a project and go 'oh crap, the parts I meant to be white in the picture turned transparent too!', no worries, just place a new layer between the transparent layer and your art and fill the white spaces in.
Also, since SAI detects the pixel opacity, it's a good idea to color in white behind parts of your image that aren't completely saturated with color.

Aaaaand you don't have to flatten your image first. But a few times, when i finished this process, there were odd white chunks that I couldn't get to go away, and when I flattened the image and THEN went through this process, it resolved itself perfectly.

If you have any more questions, I can try to help, but I am by no means an expert. Just another learner who found a neat trick i wanna share^^

Hope this helps~<3
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Toast-Queen Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
that window doesn't pop up lmao
Tykira Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tysm<333 This really helped me. c:
plzgaiasrebirth Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2015
damn i use portable sai.... and it doenst have that option to save....
Zillaa Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
i don't get the png save box? how do i get that ?
Chili-DogLove Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Then export as .PSD, and use another program like Photoshop or Gimp so you can then export as a .PNG and have that transparent background. That's how I did it in the past.
irenerei Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015  Student General Artist
thanks for the great help!!!
AdvanceRun Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Transparency saved from a PNG file from Gimp, is opening in Sai with a solid white background . ?  I want to save the file from Gimp into Sai with the transparent background intact . Any advice ? 

Once the image is exported from Gimp to the desk top in PNG, the transparency is there, but once in Sai, its gone. I could have sworn i did this before, its not working now .
freaquin Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
first one i've found that actually works sooo.. . well done!
OshawottArts Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The options thing doesn't pop out for me ;-;
Paint-zuri Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
doesn't work :/
NieEngel Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015
My Paint Tool SAI doesn´t have that "Luminance to Transparency" option.
Is that something you have to download? 
Senelora Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015
It still doesn't work with me.. I tried everything but it just doesn't change to a transparent background
CheshireCatPARTY Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
didnt work, i was trying to color in poses but they had a black background and it wouldnt go away.
it was fun attempting <3
crazycoolcats Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah it didn't work ;3; oh well :P It was fun tryin anyway but I'd rather not go through the trouble of getting a sai that will allow it to work or whatever, thanks anyway! twas worth a shot:FeelingFree: 
Ordinary-October Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Okay, after i save mine the PNG save options don't appear. why is that?
Chiratera Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, everyone who doesn't have the png option! Here's new cracked version that works!…;
(not my video) Link in the description
SoIar Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Student Digital Artist
i dont get that 64, 32 thing
JayHeartGirl Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Student Interface Designer
Thank you :3 This was the first tutorial that worked and I'm happy I found it :D
GinnaSAN1223 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank yooou~ this helped a lot :3
JETBLACKcatdog Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Professional General Artist
hi I saw hoping you could help me out I use both sai and photo shop and I love the exchange normal's functon in sai and was wondering if photoshop had something like it without using the eraser tool 
CaptainSketch-Adopts Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Woah I have the cracked version.....crap ;;
Winkatuck Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Student Filmographer
oh thank god, I had the issue with the "odd white chunks" I'm glad someone had something for me to do to fix it qwq

it worked!
VeraSarah Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It never gave the png save option. Could you possibly explain why please? Thank you!
GinnaSAN1223 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ok so this is so very late you probably alredy figured it out ;;

when saving, double check if it's saving as PNG, because it can convert back to SAI 
so this is probably the problem ;;
VeraSarah Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I actually javnt figured it out. Ive been using but ill have totry this way again. (: thank you for your reply though!!
GinnaSAN1223 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh hey no problem ;w;
at least this was my problem so maybe ;;
breaker335 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Still doesn't give me the option
jsola Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015
Mean neither...
Maledrox Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Maemi-tan Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
its not giving me the png save option....
Kemoh-Wintertail Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So it does not give me the option to select that thing at the end.. not sure what to do about that
Homocidal-Pills Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you~
Falafler Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I never get the box to select "32bpp"...
suigintouxgaara Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot! This is the only tutorial that has worked for me
EcofriendlyNotebook Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ohh .3.
EcofriendlyNotebook Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it helps a lot :3 *gives you a cookie*Cookie for You 
NyunKawaii Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Student
im sorry, it doesnt work in my SAI.. there's a export->png but the png-save box doesnt appear :(
iiStrawberrie Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I feel so dumb now.
ShiakuKente Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I need help with a strategy of coloring skin. I put a lot of detail into the facial features of my drawing (Nose, eyes, etc.) and I forgot to color the skin. Can you tell me a way I can color the skin without trying to avoid every little detail? I just started using SAI today, so I'm a bit of a noob with it.
axiabetty Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i've a problem..!!! I don't have that window for transparency ANYMORE!!! 
Prof-Dick Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
Tried this, and it didnt work ;n; there wasnt that png save options box.
Pumpkin-Pai Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014   Digital Artist
Sadly, same with me. ;-;
Prof-Dick Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
I tried to grab an updated piretoz :ccc copy and now I get the box. Unfortunately I forgot where I got it or what it was named :X
NyunKawaii Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Student
same here... ;w;
Mi-chan4649 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you, this really help XD
AnimeLoven Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much this helped out ALOT!!!!!!
Purrmon Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanx il see if this helps ^-^
invaderfrimo Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
why did it take the color out of my picture when I tried it?
ricafoxx Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You probably selected luminance to transparency on the actual picture and not the background.
maangoe Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the option didn't pop up but it was transparent so whatever XD
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